Cutline: This Angel Tree at the Art and Frame Center in downtown Clinton still has many gift tags left on its branches.

Time is short, but the list of those in need is long.

Angel Trees are up in several stores in Clinton, but many tags are going unclaimed.

The Angel Tree project provides gifts for children of low-income families in Van Buren County who might be left with nothing this Christmas without the generosity of others.

The program was a project of Friends of Special People for 30 years. A couple of years ago, the two women who spearheaded the program, Jo Nell Warren and Debbie Whillock, turned it over to the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. Everyone who helps with the project is a volunteer.

Just days before the deadline to return gifts, many Angel Trees are still laden with tags bearing the names of children, the sizes of clothes and shoes they wear, and what they might like to have as a "fun gift."

Joyce Burns, owner of the Art and Frame Center, said the economy is slow this year and the tree in her store has not had as many tag takers as usual.

The deadline for returning gifts for the Angel Tree project is this Friday, Dec. 7. Santa’s helpers are asked to wrap the gifts, attach the tag, and drop the gifts off at any Angel Tree site. For those who don’t want to shop, donations for the project may be dropped off at the chamber office in downtown Clinton or they can be made on the chamber’s website